Quality by Design (QbD) Course

Course Description

Quality by Design (QbD) is a four week online course that provides a unique opportunity for SUNY faculty and staff to improve courses through a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of seated, online or hybrid courses.  QbD focuses on four major topics that are a key component of any quality designed course, including:

·        Learner Support

·        Content Presentation & Accessibility

·        Interaction & Collaboration

·        Evaluation & Assessment

Participants will have multiple opportunities to reflect upon how they would integrate these ideas into their own courses while engaging in discussions with experts and peers.  Optional discussions and activities have been designed to help learners apply newly acquired knowledge into their own course design efforts.

While this course will be offered using the Blackboard LMS, the materials and concepts covered in the course are LMS -agnostic, meaning that they can be applied and implemented using a wide range of learning technologies that are not Blackboard dependent.  This course focuses upon pedagogy, not technology skills acquisition.

Quality by Design is funded through a SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grant (IITG).  The course, in its complete form, and portions thereof, is licensed through Creative Commons and will be provided as an OER, widely available for use and modification.

This collaborative project is being developed through a partnership among the University at Buffalo, Binghamton University, Empire State College, Open SUNY COTE, and SUNY Center for Professional Development.

To register or get more information go to http://www.cvent.com/d/qfq45k

The Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP) open for registration

The Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP) ( http://suny.edu/toep ) is looking for campuses interested in bringing on-demand professional development to their faculty and staff. This cost effective approach provides web-based discovery learning activities aimed at expanding tech-infused pedagogy in college courses.

Find out what Assistant Professor Katrina Fulcher Rood from SUNY Fredonia has to say about TOEP.

Click this link to watch a short 2 minute video about her experiences<https://sites.google.com/site/sunytoep/about/people-saying/katrina-fulcher&gt;.

We are seeking campuses interested in participating in Phase 5 during the 2016-2017 academic year. TOEP is now a SUNY-wide resource, and we need you for the next Phase!

If you would like more information about this opportunity for cost-effective faculty development, contact Roberta (Robin) Sullivan < rrs@buffalo.edu<mailto:rrs@buffalo.edu> > (716-645-0773).

To register your campus, go to:

The deadline to register for Phase 5 is July 8, 2016.

Check out the project website to learn more about the impact of TOEP<https://sites.google.com/site/sunytoep/about/additionalResources/statistics&gt;.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The TOEP Team

Robin Sullivan – Director (TOEP)
Online Learning & Innovative Instruction Specialist – University at Buffalo

Cherie van Putten – Assistant Director (TOEP)
Instructional Designer – Binghamton University

Christopher Price – CPD Liaison (TOEP)
Academic Program Manager – SUNY Center for Professional Development

Beyond MOOCs, Coursera stackables

Passing along on behalf of Cat Richter, SUNY’s Partner Manager:

We know that learners come to Coursera with many different goals and needs. While some want to take only one course, others want to build deeper expertise in a field of study, and some even want to earn an official university credential.

To better serve these diverse needs, we are excited to begin offering a larger portfolio of portfolio of learning experiences ranging from traditional and project-based courses to specializations, certificates, and even degrees. This comprehensive portfolio will allow learners to customize their experiences on Coursera and to earn stackable credentials as they progress toward their goals.

To learn more about our vision for this portfolio of learning experiences, please view the videos linked below. Feel free to share these videos with your colleagues as well. Please note that you will need to be signed in to your Coursera admin account to view these videos:


Portfolio of Learning Experiences


Project Based Courses


Certificate Programs




Online Degrees

If you’re interested in developing new courses or Specializations on Coursera, we invite you to join our September Challenge or to submit a proposal to our ongoing 2016 RFP. We especially encourage you to consider creating content in the high-demand areas highlighted on our “content wishlist”. If your institution is interested in developing certificate or degree programs on Coursera, please let me know.

Also stay tuned for an invitation to join our next ”Strategy Session” discussion, during which  we’ll explore some implications that these updates might have for your institution’s strategy. You can get the conversation started by sharing your questions at strategy-session@coursera.org.


Cat & the Coursera team

MOOCshake Webinar 4/22

On Friday April 22nd at 2:00 pm several SUNY faculty and staff who recently attended the International Coursera Conference at The Hague will provide information on what we learned.

Slides from the conference will be shared, and our SUNY-Coursera Partner Representative Cathryn “Cat” Richter will be available to describe many of the developments shared at the conference.

MOOCs appear to be migrating more toward a mature role as an open education resource.  Coursera is increasingly interested in working with campuses to provide content with credentialing potential (certificates, and micro credentialing that are stackable toward degrees) and providing specialized content to assist with workforce development.  MOOC content is also useful in shared applications for flipped classroom models and active learning classroom scenarios.

To join the webinar please follow the instructions below.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday!


Getting Ready to Participate
All attendees new to Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing should go to the First Time Users Center (if you are unable to click on the link, copy and paste the following URL into your browser – https://blackboard.secure.force.com/apex/publickbarticleview?id=kA770000000CbIW prior to the webinar, to conduct a short test on the computer that you will be using. This will ensure that your computer is equipped with what is needed on the day of the webinar. USB headsets with microphones are highly recommended. Please note: Collaborate is Java based so please be sure you have permission to download or update your computer’s java script.

Session Link: 
All attendees should join the class at least 15 minutes before the workshop start time to conduct an audio test; instructions will be provided once attendees enter the room. 

To access the recordings after the live session:

This and other SUNY Center for Professional Development courses are supported by Open SUNY Support Services so if you have technical problems, please contact the Open SUNY Support Services at 1-844-OPENSUNY (673-6786) or submit an Online Help Request to the Open SUNY Support Services – http://open.suny.edu/support/contact-us/current-students/. When you contact them, please let them know you are attending a webinar supported by the SUNY Center for Professional Development.


Lisa A. Stephens, PhD
Senior Strategist, Academic Innovation
Academic Technology & Instructional Svcs.
Office of the SUNY Provost

Office of the VP/CIO

Adjunct Asst. Prof. Dept. of Communication

200-F Baldy Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-1000
(716) 645-6522 (o), (716) 982-4771 (m)

Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG)


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Free Webcast of SUNY-COIL Conference

April 25, 2016: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. NYC EDT Time
Monday Webcast Agenda
April 26, 2016: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. NYC EDT Time
Tuesday Webcast Agenda

For more info about the Conference please visit: http://coil.suny.edu/conference

The 10th Anniversary COIL Conference is again booked to capacity. In order to allow individuals across the world who may not be able to attend for geographic, financial, political, or other reasons to benefit from the many informative sessions on Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)* at the conference, the SUNY COIL Center will again be:

  • Offering a free live webcast of all plenary sessions and two presentations during each breakout session
  • Recording all conference sessions to be made available as a video archive on the COIL Center website

The SUNY COIL Center’s annual conference is the leading international event in the field and brings together nearly 400 professors, international programs staff, instructional technologists, and university and college administrators from SUNY, across the U.S. and around the world to share innovative models and best practices.

OSCQR Online Course Reviewer Webinar


The Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence will be offering the following professional development opportunities in April:

Become an OSCQR Online Course Reviewer Webinar

The Open SUNY COTE Quality Review (OSCQR) rubric helps online practitioners identify how the instructional design and accessibility of online and blended courses can be improved. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the OSCQR rubric and peer review process, tour its features, have the opportunity to discuss the standards, and practice applying them. You will then have the opportunity to join the COTE community as an OSCQR course reviewer, as well as submit your own course for review.

When: (choose one)
April 15, 2016, 1:30PM – 4:30PM
April 28, 2016, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Course Fee

  • CPD Member Campus: $125
  • SUNY Campus(Non-CPD Member): $150
  • Non-SUNY: $175

Warm regards,
The Open SUNY COTE Team

Teaching and Learning for New Faculty Certificate Program


The Teaching and Learning Certificate for New Faculty Program is intended to assist faculty in planning a well-articulated, systematized path for their professional development. The Certificate for New Faculty provides evidence that faculty have attained a basic set of essential skills and knowledge needed for teaching at SUNY.

Intended Audience

·        Faculty

·        Junior Faculty

·        Graduate Assistants

·        Teaching Assistants

·        Adjuncts / PT Faculty

·        Instructional Designers and Support Staff

·        Librarians

Learning Outcomes of Program

·        Utilize learning theory in the design and delivery of their courses

·        Employ foundational learning teaching strategies that are supported by research and that promote active learning

·        Effectively and efficiently evaluate student performance

·        Create a safe and effective learning environment

·        Utilize reflective techniques as a teaching practitioner

·        Uphold and promote the academic policies of a participant’s individual campus and the System

·        Demonstrate appropriate communication techniques in interactions with students

Program Completion Requirements

·        Completion of all four courses is required to earn the Teaching & Learning Certificate for New Faculty.


Mode of Deliver: Online – Blackboard Learn 9.1

Current Course Offering: Registration is OPEN!


TLNF_Course 1.3: Essential Communication Skills for Teaching
January 4 – February 12, 2016
Instructor: Dr. David Fusani, Erie Community College

TLNF_Course 2.3: Learning Theories and Effective Teaching Practices
February 15 – March 25, 2016
Instructor: Billie Bennett Franchini, Ph.D., University at Albany

TLNF_Course 3.3: Academic Policies, Laws, and Resources
February 22 – April 15, 2016
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Price, The College at Brockport

TLNF_Course 4.3: Evaluation and Assessment
March 28 – May 6, 2016
Instructor: Ms. Karen Case, SUNY Plattsburgh

Upcoming Course Offering: Registration will open shortly

TLNF_Course 1.3: Essential Communication Skills for Teaching
May 23 – July 1, 2016
Instructor: Dr. David Fusani, Erie Community College

TLNF_Course 2.3: Learning Theories and Effective Teaching Practices
August 29 – October 7, 2016
Instructor: Billie Bennett Franchini, Ph.D., University at Albany

TLNF_Course 3.3: Academic Policies, Laws, and Resources
September 19 – November 11, 2016
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Price, The College at Brockport

TLNF_Course 4.3: Evaluation and Assessment
October 10 – November 18, 2016
Instructor: Ms. Karen Case, SUNY Plattsburgh


SUNY CPD Membership Points can be used to pay for this program. 


For Detailed Information and to Register, visit the website  http://www.cvent.com/d/k4qbcw

Sponsored by the SUNY Center for Professional Development

Questions?  Contact Chris Price, chris.price@suny.edu, 585-395-5025